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  1. Walking is definitely silly. If you want to cheap it, take the subway to 48th street and then stagger down the hill to the port with your bags. I've never had any difficulty getting Uber or Lyft, under $20, about 15 minutes and they drop you off on the upper level.
  2. If you can get a ride, try to go up to Hamilton, much nicer station. And with heavy bags, sometimes Amtrak is worth the difference. NJ Transit senior fares begin at age 62, 50% off but not the monorail.
  3. And be aware that like other cruise lines, you're not going to step off the plane and the bus will immediately take you to the port. They are collecting passengers from other airlines with other arrival times and they'll try to fill up the bus before leaving.
  4. The problem I have with the drink package is that by Day 3 I need a break... and on a 5 day, that's 20% of the cost... so I tend to not buy on shorter ones.
  5. You're better off using more economy with your words... a brief to the point letter will be more likely to be read than one filled with terms like "extensive discussion", "mere pittance", unfathomable", I am shocked", etc. Just state your case with bullet points - get to the point. And ending with "you cannot be trusted" and "I will have to tell anyone who asks me that Royal Caribbean abuses its customers by changing their bookings" is like telling them "I'll never do business with you"; they'll just dismiss you.
  6. Yes, comedy shows required reservations, you can make those at the box office as well. At about ten minutes before each comedy show they would allow others to take seats - but there was always a line outside. You should also save the paper copy that you fill out as a receipt in case it doesn't show up on their computer when you get to the show.
  7. They too often don't enforce the times assigned to people. People just show up early, snarl the lines, and slow everything down.
  8. I went to the box office at the main theater and reserved evening shows for the entire week. The last night's dining can be tight if you do specialty restaurants.
  9. I don't think Free Style dining is that big a deal, it takes away nothing for me, just book your reservations ahead. The Escape is a nice ship, plenty of bells and whistles, be sure to check out the Dancing With the Stars spoof. Funny show. Even Deal of No Deal, people with no stake in the game can go over the top.
  10. I hate seafood but had plenty to choose from as well. And the displays of the seafood were impressive. As was watching people stack it on their plates like they do pancakes at breakfast.
  11. Only thing I would add is that on your return, you have to go across the street from the Cruise terminal to get a cab. Follow the mob.
  12. I hate flying out of SJU. However, their duty free shop is outstanding.
  13. High Pitch was probably the most pathetic person he would allow on.
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